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Obituary of Minnie Peterson (Mrs. Albert Leiff) - 17 Dec 1934 - Big Springs,SD

Kiron, Iowa, Dec 17, 1934
The following obituary of Mrs. Albert Leiff is taken from The Hawarden Independent. Mrs. Leiff, who was born on the old Peter Nelson farm,3 miles south and 1/2 mile east of Kiron, was well known here and had many friends here. Alvin, Vernie and Jubel Winquist and Mrs. V. H. Youngquist were up to see Mrs. Leiff a few weeks prior to her death.
Mrs. Albert Leiff, who resided several miles southwest of Hawarden, answered the final summons early Thanksgiving morning, death coming as a sweet release after many weeks of intense suffering from cancer. Her marvelous amount of grit and a strong desire to overcome the malady and be well again kept her up and about so she was hardly bedfast, but in spite of her courage, the disease finally won in the struggle for supremacy.
Minnie Peterson was born at Kiron, Iowa, February 16, 1879, and she passed away November 29, 1934, having attained the age of 55 years, 9 months and 13 days. She spent her early life at Kiron and in 1907 the family moved to Big Springs community and for a number of years she resided on the family farm now occupied by her sister, Sarah, and brothers, Axel and Emil Peterson. On April 14, 1910, she united with the Big Springs Baptist church and remained an interested and consecrated member until her death. On April 23, 1914, she was united in marriage with Albert Leiff and together they built up and enjoyed the fine farm home now occupied by the family. She had a fine talent for home-making and took great pride and joy in keeping it beautiful even up to the last week of her illness. Though she wanted to get well, she was resigned to the will of the Heavenly Father, who knew what was best for her and she was willing and anxious to go to be in the house where sickness and pain could never again touch her.
The immediate family who are left to mourn are her husband, who cared so devotedly for her, sparing neither time nor expense in efforts to improve her health, two nieces, Fern and Florence Peterson, to whom she had been a real mother, lavishing all the love and care she would have given children of her own, also Grandma Leiff and a nephew, Lloyd Johnson, who all will miss the tender ministrations of the competent hands now stilled in death. She is also survived by one sister, Sarah Peterson, and three brothers, Axel, Francis, and Emil Peterson, all of Big Springs, two nieces, Ione and Marilyn Peterson, and a nephew, Alvin Peterson. Her father, mother, two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at the home and at the Big Springs Baptist church Sunday afternoon. Rev. B. L. Carlton of Worthington, Minn. in charge. The church was filled with relatives and friends who came to pay their last respects to the memory of this good friend and neighbor and loved one. She was laid to rest in the Big Springs cemetery and although snow may cover the beloved spot, her memory will be kept green by the good deeds of her life.

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